Panthers continue to prove Buccaneers don’t need to worry

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Panthers continue to make terrible moves. All the Buccaneers can do is sit back and laugh.

The Buccaneers, who have started each of the past two seasons as preseason contenders for the Super Bowl, will experience some new feelings in 2022.

Tampa is returning to underdog status, at least in their games outside of the NFC South, and it will be a tough season trying to realign the franchise in the era after Tom Brady.

The good news for the Bucs is that a tough season for them has become the norm for rivals like the Panthers. Carolina feels like it is fighting with itself every day due to a coaching staff and front office that make questionable decision after questionable decision, and at least the Buccaneers can’t relate to that.

The most recent mistake in the long string of questionable decisions by Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was the recent extension of tight end Ian Thomas.

Thomas is far from a bad piece and his impact goes beyond the stat sheet, but there seems to be no reason why the Panthers over-payed a guy very early into free agency that doesn’t move the needle at all.

Rhule and the Panthers have this strange habit of paying the wrong guys way too early, but the Buccaneers aren’t going to complain.

If the Panthers really cared about being good, they would’ve fired Rhule months ago, but if they are content in being bad under one of the weaker coaches in the NFL, that is more than fine by us.

Power to the Panthers in fact.

In the mean time, the Buccaneers will just sit back and enjoy having one of the best coach-general manager duos in the league. Despite some of the questionable decisions the Bucs have made, we are lucky that they aren’t doing anything close to what the Panthers are right now.

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